CarePlus InsideLIne
 September 2015 - "Autumn...the year's last, loveliest smile"  - William Cullen Bryant

 Youth Mental Health First Aid
7 Clinical CEUs
Sept. 30th - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 
October 21 - 9:00 am - 1:30 pm 
 Register Here 

School Avoidance: Managing the Complicated Adolescent in the
Public School Setting
4 Clinical CEUs 
November 12 - 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
 Register Here

Trauma-Informed Care
Assessments and Practice:
A New Generation of Service Delivery
2 Clinical CEUs 
December 10 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm 
 Register Here
CarePlus Wellness

For a Happy, Healthy Workplace.


Employee Primary Care

You've asked for it, and now you have it! 

As part of recognizing the importance of having a culture of wellness in the workplace, Primary Care Services are now available on-site for staff covered under the  CarePlus health plan.


A quick and convenient way to access primary care services*, including but not limited to:

  • Medical Evaluation
  • Needed medications prescribed and renewed
  • Blood Pressure Monitoring
  • Administration of needed vaccines and TB testing
  • Bloodwork
  • Annual physicals

*All information shared with medical staff is confidential


Call to make your appointment today...
CarePlus Primary Care at 201-986-5024
Hours of Operation: Tues-Thurs 8am-4pm  

Health Management Solutions
Request for Referrals 
  • Health Management Solutions can provide community support for the transition from a hospital setting back into his/her community via face-to-face outreaches during a client's inpatient admission and following a client's discharge from a hospital.
  • Health Management Solutions will consult with a client's primary treatment providers to develop individualized care plans to promote integrated care and to improve health outcomes. In addition, HMS will coordinate with treating clinicians to assure services are provided and to make certain that changes in treatment or medical conditions are addressed.
  • Health Management Solutions can identify resources and link clients to community supports programs as needed.
  • Health Management Solutions will work with family members to support a client's effective utilization of available treatment and services.   
CarePlus Encourages Conversation on Children and Family Services in
Bergen County with New Council for Young Children

Jennifer Loaiza, Project Coordinator; and Jamisin Saracino, Director of Advocacy and Community Education at CarePlus; congratulating one of the raffle winners during the Kick Off Party. 

Care Plus NJ, Inc. ("CarePlus") is excited to launch the Bergen County Council for Young Children (BCCYC), a community project funded by a competitive grant opportunity from the New Jersey Department of Children and Families.
The program was launched with a Kickoff Party on Thursday September 17th, 2015 at the Bergen Family Center. Families with children up to 8 years of age - and parents who are planning on having children - were invited to join for food, friends, giveaways and group discussions to enhance children's lives in the community.
The County Council for Young Children has been working to create a safe and constructive space for families in counties throughout New Jersey since 2010. Participants assemble to connect over conversations regarding needs, concerns, and successes in raising their children.
The goal of this project is to better meet the needs of families in the local community. CarePlus has multiple locations throughout northern New Jersey, which gives the organization an expansive reach to potential BCCYC participants.
"We feel that it is necessary for families to connect and identify issues in the community," said Jennifer Loaiza, Project Coordinator for BCCYC at CarePlus. "Receiving input from people that are actually a part of a larger system and community will allow for us to advocate as well as improve the programs and services that are being offered."
BCCYC provides an opportunity for families to come together and become active community partners. Many topics will be covered in the discussions including the health, education and well-being of their children. The group will also provide an outlet for ideas, opinions and solutions to build stronger connections for children and families within the community.
"The conversation will encompass everything from pregnancy through school entry," Loaiza continued. "We are expecting a diverse mix of parents, caregivers, guardians and other community members to get involved as the project evolves."
CarePlus reported that one goal of this project is to receive feedback on important issues including the availability, affordability, and accessibility of existing programs and services for children in Bergen County. Other subjects may include healthcare, arts, recreation, local authorities, schools, special-needs services, parent education, foster care and adoption.
For more information contact Jennifer Loaiza at 201-265-8200 x5286 or email at
A Message From Joe Masciandaro
As some of you know, Carolina Chia,
my Executive Assistant for the last 5 years, has announced her resignation from CarePlus in order to pursue a new and exciting career opportunity.
I am very happy for her, and grateful for all of the efforts she has made on my behalf, and for all of us at CarePlus in general.
we are SORRY to see you go -
you will be missed!
Staying Mindful at Work
Tips from a Yogi
"Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape." - Michael McGriff, M.D.

Yoga at Your Desk
When you practice Yoga, you accelerate the blood flow through your body and allow for cell renewal to occur more quickly - physiologically rejuvenating your body. The whole practice accelerates the purification of your entire being. This "new age" trend is truly an ancient science and can be used for healing and therapeutics.
Learn more about WHY you should be integrating these practices into your daily life: Health Benefits 
"Office Pose of the Month"
Wrist Stretch
This pose is a must-do for anybody who spends a lot of time behind the screen with a mouse in hand - release all that tension with this!
  1. Stand up.
  2. Turn your hands so that the wrists face your computer and the fingers face the edge of the desk.
  3. Lean in to the wrists and flatten your palms as much as possible.
  4. Back off if you feel pain.
It's a simple move that can really help reduce write irritation and general blood flow.

Put the mouse down.

Step away from the screen.

Stretch it out!

Namaste :)
See more poses here: Desk Stretches 
Oh, Thank Water!
The power of gratitude has become common knowledge, but have you learned about the power of positive thought on water?

Click Here to Learn More
Dr. Emoto's Water Experiment
  1. Say "Thank You": Train your mind to be grateful every time you pour yourself a glass of water. Remember, many people are not as fortunate as we are to have such easy access to clean water. Soon that gratitude will expand beyond your cup: to the oceans, ponds, rivers, rain, even puddles. As you appreciate the seemingly small things, you'll find that there is even more to be thankful for.
  2. Enjoy Sipping: Be mindful of the cool, refreshing water as it makes its way through your body. Create a detox water by dropping in some fruit to add extra nutrients, or put a few drop of essential oil to take your drinking experience to the next level! 
Development Committee

Moving Forward with Success


In order to raise the bar and grow, this year we will be focusing on building strong relationships with current and future donors.


If networking and creating connections for big sponsorship opportunities is in your skill set, please consider working with the Development Committee so that we may provide great support for the programs and services offered through CarePlus.


We are grateful for every committee member that has committed their time and effort with us.


It's not too late to join the Development Committee - all are welcome! If you can only make a few meetings that is okay - every little bit of time counts.


Your support is helpful and valued. 


Gala Planning Meeting:

Tuesday, September 29, 2015  5pm - 6pm 


Infection Control
Joint Commission Area of Focus

This is an area in which they have been finding many deficiencies in behavioral health organizations nationally. We want to be sure we are ready with required data and updated policies when they arrive here.
Two areas of increased focus are hand washing and employee Influenza vaccinations.
  1. Regarding hand washing - we now need to collect data on "frequency based tracking" of staff education on proper hand washing technique, times when staff should clean their hands and reasons why this is so important in our work. After reviewing options to accomplish this for all staff yearly, we believe the best solution is adding a Relias "Hand washing 101" training to each staff members Relias profile. It takes just a few minutes and does not require a post test.
  2. We will now need to track/ensure Alcohol Based Hand Rub (ABHR) in all Prescribers Offices, Nursing Areas, Primary Care and Reception areas at a minimum. This will be tracked through the Facilities Checklist to collect information for our JC survey. Also, Carolina has been helpful in gathering information needed on purchasing patterns of ABHR and Gloves as this is also a required data item for the JC survey.
  3. We need to incrementally achieve an employee Influenza vaccination rate of 90% by 2017. This year our goal is a 50% employee vaccination rate. The Joint Commission does not require that we pay for this however does require that we either vaccinate staff at CPNJ or provide an arrangement for them to be vaccinated. We have offered employee Influenza vaccinations for a couple of decades with varying degrees of interest. What is different moving forward is that we need to be advised by employees if they have been vaccinated elsewhere and track this yearly. We also will need to require an Influenza Declination form completed with reason for declination documented, again yearly and analyze this information.
  4. We plan on offering our Yearly Employee Mantoux Screening in September or October. My hope is that at the same time we can administer the Influenza Vaccine as a convenience for staff. Human Resources will assist with planning and tracking Employee data.
We are waiting for some more information on this years Vaccine, date of availability and cost.  This information will be shared with everyone once it becomes available. 
We would also like to suggest adding an automatic (no touch) ABHR (Purell) dispenser at each reception area.   

Please contact Kathy Bianco with your thoughts and feedback regarding these developments.

2015 - 2016 Employee Tuberculosis Screening and Influenza Vaccinations
Remaining Dates & Locations

If you were hired after 1/1/2015 you do not need to present for a screening.

We do ask that you consider coming for an Influenza vaccination OR complete the

"Influenza Declination Form" which is required by JCAHO standards. IF you choose not

to receive the Influenza Vaccination, please forward the completed form to Kathy Bianco.


If you have had a past positive and are exempt from the Mantoux screening

we still need to see you to complete the non Mantoux screening for TB

and complete the Influenza offering process. 

September 29
2PM - 4PM
October 1
2PM - 4pm
October 5
7:30 AM - 9:30AM
October 7
7:30 AM - 9:30AM
October 5
1PM - 3PM
October 7
1PM - 3PM
October 6
10AM - 12PM
October 8
10AM - 12PM
October 7
12PM - 2PM
October 9
12PM - 2PM
October 20
12PM - 2PM
October 22
12PM - 2PM

Community Support and a Day on the Greens Allows for
CarePlus Foundation to Continue Serving Those In Need

Left to right: Alexis Fatigati, Development Associate at CarePlus; Robert Bodnar CFO at CarePlus and Event Chair; Michael Fatigati, Chairman of the CarePlus Foundation Board of Directors and Event Chair; Tara Augustine, Vice President of Children and Family Services at CarePlus.

Over 130 people filled the greens at Edgewood Country Club on Monday, September 21st for the fourth annual "Golfers Give Back" charitable Golf Outing benefiting the Care Plus Foundation, Inc. ("CarePlus Foundation").

This outing is held annually as a fun way to connect groups and individuals that support the work of Care Plus NJ, Inc. ("CarePlus"), a nonprofit community-based mental health care agency. With the support of the CarePlus Foundation, the organization is able to provide programs and services to individuals with severe mental illness, as well as spread awareness and promote public education on mental health.

At the start of the event, golfers were welcomed at the gates where they were given goodie bags and hats courtesy of event sponsors. Guests were also gifted large golf umbrellas featuring the CarePlus logo, courtesy of CarePlus board Chairman Bill Weiss and his wife Leslie.

"Many people told us that the umbrellas were the nicest gift they had ever received at an outing," remarked Joe Masciandaro, CEO at CarePlus. "We had the perfect weather for the event, and we joked that it must have been because of the generous donation from the Weiss family."

There were a number of community partners that supported and sponsored the event. Accredited Lock & Door Hardware Co. served as the event's Platinum Sponsor, and Columbia Bank, The Fatigati Family, Inserra Supermarkets and Roy W. Walters & Associates supported as Gold Sponsors.

Three organizations also supported the outing by sponsoring hole-in-one prizes. John Johnson Dodge and Union Buick GMC each offered a car, and Wheels Up offered 5 hours of flight time on a private jet.

Left to right: Jamisin Saracino, Director of Advocacy and Community Education; Joe Masciandaro, CEO at CarePlus; Tara Augustine, Vice President of Children and Family Services at CarePlus.
"There is a lot of work that goes into planning these events, and we tend to have so much fun that we  forget that," continued Masciandaro. "We owe a lot of thanks to the CarePlus staff, board members and volunteers on the Golf Committee that created such a successful day."

CarePlus would also like to express gratitude to a number of other sponsors that made the event possible including the breakfast, lunch, refreshment stands, cocktail party, putting green, driving range, straightest drive contest, and various hole sponsors.

The day out on the course was followed by a night of celebration inside of the country club. Awards were given to the first and second place foursomes, as well as to individuals with the longest and straightest drives. During dinner, guests were invited to participate in the Silent Auction and 50/50 raffle, which were also available throughout the day.

"We were very fortunate to have the 50/50 winner graciously donate his winnings back to the CarePlus Foundation," concluded Masciandaro. "That's really what these events are all about: creating community, having a good time, and giving back to those in need."

By the end of the event, nearly $85,000 was raised which will go directly into serving the clients of CarePlus by providing shelter, medication, and services that many individuals and families might not be able to afford otherwise.

The organization is already looking to build relationships and connect with sponsors for future events, including the 18th Annual Courage Awards Gala, scheduled for June 2016 at the Venetian in Garfield.

Any requests for sponsorship or questions about future events should be directed to the CarePlus Foundation office at 201-986-5070.
Do YOU have a story to share? If you have a story, update, announcement, photos to share here, on Facebook, or on the website send it to the ACE team and we will work to get it out to staff and friends of CarePlus.
Program Marketing 
It is important staff to familiarize themselves with the variety of program and services offered through CarePlus so that we can make appropriate referrals for those in need. For that reason, we are working on streamlining information and materials so that they are more easily accessible.

This involves appropriately updated Program Fact Sheets, comprehensive marketing folders, social media spotlights, and up to date information on the CarePlus website.

A new folder has been added to the M Drive so that staff can quickly access Program Information Sheets. These Fact Sheets can be found in the first folder in 999 General titled _FactSheets.  

If you need any materials created, revised, or printed for your program or presentations you will need to utilize the electronic request form. This new system is being used to ensure timely and effective completion of projects.   


You may have noticed recent Facebook posts highlighting some of our services. This is the part of our effort to market each of our programs to the community.


If you would like to put your team, group or program in the spotlight, contact the ACE team to make arrangements.


 You can also send positive reviews and feedback for coworkers and clients that go above and beyond. If you have anything you would like to submit for the InsideLine, email your story and  information to Caitlyn Yerves.

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